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Molière : the theory and practice of comedy

Author: Andrew Calder
Publisher: London ; Atlantic Highlands, NJ : Athlone Press, 1996.
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Calder, Andrew, 1942-
Molière.
London ; Atlantic Highlands, NJ : Athlone Press, 1996
(OCoLC)60154783
Named Person: Molière; Moliere.
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Andrew Calder
ISBN: 9781847142719 1847142710 9780567042781 0567042782
OCLC Number: 228658408
Description: 1 online resource (239 pages)
Contents: ""Contents""; ""Preface""; ""CHAPTER ONE: Character""; ""1. Aristotle's Poetics and New Comedy""; ""2. Moliere's distrust of theorists""; ""3. Character: moral and social status""; ""4. Comic types and decorum""; ""5. Comic types and moral philosophy""; ""6. Humours""; ""7. Consistency and poetic truth""; ""8. Making character visible""; ""9. Satirical functions of character""; ""CHAPTER TWO: Plot and Action I: The Plots of New Comedy""; ""1. Unity of action""; ""2. The plots of New Comedy""; ""3. Plautine plots""; ""4. Terentian plots""; ""5. Moliere and New Comedy"" ""CHAPTER THREE: Plot and Action II: Comic Fate""""1. Plot subject and character""; ""2. La Jalousie du Barbouille""; ""3. Sganarelle ou le Cocu imaginaire (1660)""; ""4. L'Ecole des maris (1661)""; ""5. L'Ecole des femmes (1662)""; ""6. The role of secondary characters""; ""7. The role of plot""; ""8. The denouement""; ""9. Aristotelian action""; ""CHAPTER FOUR: Comedy and the Ridiculous""; ""1. Comedy as 'an imitation of life, a mirror of custom and an image of truth'""; ""2. Follies fit for laughter""; ""3. Evil and the ridiculous in New Comedy"" ""4. Evil and the ridiculous in the comedies of Moliere""""5. Useful comedy""; ""6. The ridiculous and self-love""; ""CHAPTER FIVE: Reason and the Ridiculous""; ""1. Honest laughter""; ""2. The ridiculous and sound learning""; ""3. The nature of the ridiculous""; ""4. Bienseance, decorum and the golden mean""; ""5. The ridiculous made visible""; ""CHAPTER SIX: Body and Soul: A Physiology of Laughter""; ""1. The moral origins of visible folly""; ""2. Farce and moral perspective""; ""3. Passion, folly and appearance""; ""4. Kinds of laughter""; ""CHAPTER SEVEN: Honnetete"" ""1. Comic structures and content""""2. The ideals of honnetete""; ""3. Honnetete and the social graces""; ""4. Honnetete as a code for all""; ""5. Moliere, comic poet and honnetete homme""; ""CHAPTER EIGHT: Judgement""; ""1. Montaigne and judgement""; ""2. Unclouded judgement""; ""3. Learning through things""; ""4. Satire and self-knowledge""; ""5. Judgement and laughter""; ""CHAPTER NINE: Sociability, Reason and Laughter""; ""1. Sociability and the cardinal virtues""; ""2. Sociability in L'Ecole des maris""; ""3. Sociability and misanthropy""; ""4. Alceste and laughter"" ""CHAPTER TEN: Families""""1. A microcosm of society and state""; ""2. A testing ground for folly and sense""; ""3. Avarice and paternal love""; ""4. Homes in chaos""; ""5. The servant as defender of the family""; ""6. Conservative values""; ""CHAPTER ELEVEN: Aristotelian Pedants""; ""1. The stereotype of the pedant""; ""2. Pedantry and scholasticism""; ""3. A unified cosmology?""; ""4. Plenum or vacuum?""; ""5. The pedant and the honnete homme""; ""CHAPTER TWELVE: Medicine""; ""1. Medical pedants""; ""2. Farce without satire""; ""3. Biting satire""; ""4. Court doctors""
Responsibility: Andrew Calder.

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